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Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum

Grand Rapids for groups

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postedSeptember 2, 2019

Tucked away in the southwestern part of Michigan just 30 miles inland from Lake Michigan, Grand Rapids is home to a number of popular historical attractions. Places such as the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum and the city’s Heritage Hill district are popular with visitors.

Ford, who became the 38th president of the United States in 1974, was raised in the city. During a visit to the museum, which was renovated in 2016, travelers can see updated gallery spaces and the burial sites of both Ford and his wife, Betty.

The exhibits chronicle the significant role Grand Rapids played during Ford’s formative years, his days playing football at the University of Michigan, his military career, and his time in politics. They also detail his personal life and post-presidency activities.

A tour of Grand Rapids’ Heritage Hill area offers a glimpse at one of the Midwest’s finest collection of 19th and early 20th century architecture. This urban historical district includes the homes of the city’s movers and shakers, and Tours Around Michigan covers these magnificent Victorian, Gothic, and Prairie residences on its guided excursions.

The company can arrange a private tour of the Meyer May house, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright in 1908. The residence of a prominent Grand Rapids businessman, Meyer May is one of the best restored of Wright’s Prairie residences.

To learn more, email Dave Nitkiewicz of Experience Grand Rapids or go to

Top Attractions

Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park
the Grand Rapids Downtown Market

Top Culinary Options

Founders Brewery Co.
Robinette’s Apple Haus & Winery
Ferris Coffee and Nut


Top photo: Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum
Photo by Experience Grand Rapids